12 Most Beautiful Forests in the World
City life making you feel a little claustrophobic? We don’t blame you. After all, the concrete jungle can only do so much for the soul. With the world slowly opening back up, get out your notepad and make a list of travel destinations. Our advice: make your way to a pristine, green forest for some nature therapy. And if its world travel that’s on your mind, check out our list of the 10 most beautiful forests in the world. Put them on your bucket list for later or just cross them off already.
Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s central highlands are an exquisite biodiverse region with some of the world’s most breathtaking vistas. One such sight is the Monteverde Cloud Forest which is distinguished by the perpetual cover of thick mists and clouds that lie over the trees in the region. The town of Monteverde is bordered by Santa Elena and Monteverde reserves, creating an endless source of stunning natural sights. The forest is also well known for its wildlife and natural treasures which include over 100 mammal species, 3000 species of plants and many, many birds and insects. Tourists to the area have a variety of attractive adventure activities to look forward to, including rappelling, zip lining and walking along the suspension bridges that cris cross the forest.
Daintree Rainforest, Australia
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Northern Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest is an astounding ecosystem that is home to 122 rare and endangered species. One of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, the Daintree is 135 million years old. Travelers to the area have a variety of activities that they can get into such as trekking, zip lining across thick forest canopies and crocodile spotting along the Daintree river.
Redwood National and State Parks, United States
The Redwood National Parks in the United States stand out for their main attraction-the majestically tall redwood trees. Located in four parks in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, the redwood trees reach up to 350-380 feet in height. Another fun fact- the trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park are in fact part of the largest contiguous old-growth coastal redwood forest in the world. The tallest tree in the park is nicknamed Hyperion and stands at almost 380 feet.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is located in Kyoto, Japan and is home to otherworldly tall bamboo trees. With photo opportunities galore, walking through these forests feels like one is in a dream - light filters through thick bamboo stalks that extend endlessly in every direction. The ethereal grove extends from outside the north gate of the charming Tenryū-ji temple to the Ōkōchi Sansō villa and is at its most beautiful when it approaches the villa.
Amazon Rainforest, South America
The Amazon Rainforest needs no introduction extending across Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, basically encompassing half of an entire continent. This gorgeous biodiverse area is the largest rainforest on earth and home to more than 60,000 species of plants and over 2,500 species of animals, including 1,300 bird species.
Trossachs National Park, Scotland
Scotland’s Great Trossachs Forest is one of the United Kingdom’s largest nature reserves and part of a massive woodland restoration project. One of the youngest forests in the world, the forest is set to be one of the largest in a couple of centuries. The forest borders the breathtaking Loch Lomond and covers 160 square kilometers of verdant woodland. Travelers thinking of visiting the area should consider the months of May-June and September-October.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
The Bwindi Forest in Uganda is a UNESCO World Heritage site and called impenetrable on account of the thick groves of bamboo trees and vines that dot the space. The park covers 32,000 hectares of land and is home to more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. Also important to note is that the forest is home to the endangered mountain gorilla.
Black Forest, Germany
Everyone has heard of black forest cake. But how many have heard of the German Black Forest. The gorgeous green forest is home to thousands of pine trees and gets its name because the thickly dispersed evergreens block out daylight to give the forest an almost black look. Travelers to the area can also look forward to visiting quaint villages and natural thermal springs throughout the area.
Dancing Forest, Russia
The Dancing Forest in Kaliningrad, Russia gets its name because of the twisting, curving tree trunks that dot the forest making it look as if the trees are dancing. The twisting trees are said to bring good luck and according to local lore climbing them can give you an extra year of life or a special wish.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a stunningly beautiful and untouched forest that is widely known as the inspiration for Pandora in the 2009 movie, "Avatar.” The park is home to large, pillar-like rocks that make this forest incredibly unique and worth visiting.
Dragon's Blood Forest, Yemen
The curiously named Dragon’s Blood forest is located 200 miles off the coast of mainland Yemen and stands out for the strange looking ancient trees that it is home to. These Socotra trees are also known as dragon's blood trees, for the red, blood-like sap that they produce. The iconic Socotra trees have dense leaves and branches and are distinctive for their umbrella like look. They have a life span of 650 years and grow between 30 and 40 feet high with the sap of the trees having healing properties. It is said that the sap can heal wounds, fever and dysentery.
Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
The Waipoua Forest in New Zealand is located near Dargaville on New Zealand's North Island. The forest is also home to the kauri tree nicknamed Tāne Mahuta which is one of the largest trees on the planet (by girth). The Tāne stands at a whopping 51.5 meters tall with a girth of 18.8 meters around and is worshipped by the Maori people. The forest was declared a sanctuary in 1952 and contains almost three quarters of the country’s mature Kauri trees and is also notable for having one of the largest populations of North Island brown kiwi in Northland.
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